Adonis

A Tribute to Adonis: Adonis Artistís Talk

Saturday, 04 February 2012

12pm, Mosaic Rooms, London
Accompanying an exhibition at the Mosaic Rooms of the Syrian poet Adonis's exquisite drawings, the poet himself will be in conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London.

Time: 12pm
Venue: Mosaic Rooms, London, SW5 0SW
Tickets: £8; Concessions £5. Visit the official website to buy tickets


More about Adonis's 'Selected Poems'

Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most celebrated poets of the Arabic-speaking world. His poems have earned international acclaim, and his influence on Arabic literature has been likened to that of T. S. Eliot's on English-language verse. This volume serves as the first comprehensive survey of Adonis' work, allowing English readers to admire the arc of a remarkable literary career through the labours of the poet's own handpicked translator, Khaled Mattawa.

Experimental in form and prophetic in tone, Adonis' poetry sings exultantly of both the sweet promise of eros and the lingering problems of the self. Steeped in the anguish of exile and the uncertainty of existence, Adonis demonstrates the poet's profound affection for Arabic and European lyrical traditions even as his poems work to destabilize those very aesthetic and moral sensibilities. This collection positions the work of Adonis within the pantheon of the great poets of exile, including Cesar Vallejo, Joseph Brodsky, and Paul Celan, providing for English readers the most complete vision yet of the work of the man whom the cultural critic Edward Said called 'today's most daring and provocative Arab poet'.